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Brilliant Absolutely fantastic book Well written, accessible, interesting and moving in equal measure Would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the period An exceedingly well written book about the early aviators, the knights of the sky Aerial combat wasn t always the mano a mano duel so glorified in the annals of history It was fraught with uncertainty and death always loomed and in its most terrifying form a flamerino. If you want to relive the glory or was it the gory days of the WW I pilots and aircrews, this book is for you How would you have liked to start a training program where 1 2 the people who started were dead before training ended and that was before you even got to the Front to face the enemy These men were truly remarkable and highlight the tragedy that was WWI both in the air and on the ground.Highly recommend WWI aviation is not a historical topic with which I am overly familiar but I was riveted by Mackersey s account from the first page On the technical side, he makes his in depth knowledge and meticulous research accessible to the non expert The book includes numerous powerful photographs, showing this new technology in action, in addition to the men who flew it.Mackersey s exploration of what they went through is as unflinching as it is compassionate The popular, romanticised depiction of the flying ace is a great untruth, an untruth which the author deftly exposes Over two thirds of all pilots and observers died in training accidents at flying schools If they did survive, these terrified, traumatised young men took off daily to face frightening battles in the air Death was usually to go down in flames, the flamerinoes , which survivors repeatedly witnessed But they had to climb back into their planes and face it again the next day Most only survived a number of weeks Mackersey digs deep into the associated psychological trauma suffered by those who flew He presents their hell in their own words, with their diaries and letters home We recognise today the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, with accounts of men crying, stuttering, having nightmares, undergoing dramatic mood changes and drinking too much Even Germany s infamous Red Baron, Manfred Von Richthofen, was probably affected No one can give these men back their lives But Mackersey s thoughtful, engaging book serves as a noble tribute Highly recommended Note I wrote this review for the Historical Novel Society and it has appeared in edited form in their journal, Historical Novels Review Aug 12 In The Spring Of , When The World S First Great Air War Was At Its Height, The British Squadrons Were Losing Pilots A Month, And British Pilot Life Expectancy Was Eleven Days The Aeroplanes The Pilots Flew Were Rudimentary Open Cockpit Biplanes, With A Single Machine Bolted To The Wood And Fabric Wing Intended For Shooting Down The Equally Frail German Planes This Book Tells The Story Of That First Great Air War, Illustrating Its Devastating Emotional Impact On The Participants And Their Families In A Narrative Enriched By The Private Correspondence That Flowed Between Them, And Diaries, Reports And Interviews The Aerial Combat Tactics That The Sacrifices Of Those First World War Aviators Created Became So Tactically Effective That They Were Used To Deadly Effect In The Second World War